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referendum

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noun ref·er·en·dum \ˌre-fə-ˈren-dəm\

Simple Definition of referendum

  • : an event in which the people of a county, state, etc., vote for or against a law that deals with a specific issue : a public vote on a particular issue

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of referendum

plural

referenda

play \-də\ or

referendums

  1. 1 a :  the principle or practice of submitting to popular vote a measure passed on or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative b :  a vote on a measure so submitted

  2. 2 :  a diplomatic agent's note asking for government instructions

Examples of referendum in a sentence

  1. The issue was decided by referendum.



Did You Know?

Referendum is a Latin word, but its modern meaning only dates from the 19th century, when a new constitution adopted by Switzerland stated that the voters could vote directly on certain issues. Thus, a referendum is a measure that's referred (that is, sent on) to the people. Since the U.S. Constitution doesn't provide for referenda (notice the common plural form) at the national level, referenda tend to be on local and state issues. In most locales, a few questions usually appear on the ballot at election time, often involving such issues as new zoning ordinances, new taxes for schools, and new limits on spending.

Origin and Etymology of referendum

New Latin, from Latin, neuter of referendus, gerundive of referre to refer


First Known Use: 1847


REFERENDUM Defined for Kids

referendum

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noun ref·er·en·dum \ˌre-fə-ˈren-dəm\

Definition of referendum for Students

plural

referenda

\-də\ or

referendums

  1. :  the practice of voting on an issue




Law Dictionary

referendum

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noun ref·er·en·dum \ˌrə-fə-ˈren-dəm\

Legal Definition of referendum

plural

referenda

\-də\ play or

referendums

  1. :  the submission to popular vote of a measure passed on or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative; also :  the popular vote on a measure so submitted



Origin and Etymology of referendum

New Latin, from Latin, neuter of referendus, gerundive of referre to refer



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